Payson Habitat gives a woman a Brush with Kindness

ABWK LofoBy Carol McCauley

One down and many more to go! Normally that term would mean a daunting task for any business and create a rethinking of their efficiency, but not in the case of Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH). It is music to their ears!

When the Board of Directors for PAHH approved the launch of the Brush With Kindness (BWK)program at their February meeting, they did so with a limited budget. with the program approved the search for funding and volunteers began. As anyone who has ever needed to raise funds for a non-profit knows, this is an immense challenge at best. On March 20th, the first Arizona Gives Day was held and it was through this organization that Transition Town of Payson made their generous donation of $525. Along with donations from ACE Hardware of Pinetop/Lakeside, a $10,000 value donation of Valspar paint from

Loretta, Cindy, Eric Woods (Payson Paint & Supply) and Zach stand in front of a huge donation of paint for our A Brush with Kindness Program.

Loretta, Cindy, Eric Woods (Payson Paint & Supply) and Zach stand in front of a huge donation of paint for our A Brush with Kindness Program.

Payson Paint and Supply and many other local supporters, that the BWK program was well on its way. Without the help of these organizations and friends, the Brush With Kindness program would not have been able to launch as quickly as it did and PAHH is very grateful for all their help.

Once the program was approved and the funding and materials were received they were ready to start. The application process began and a local homeowner was chosen. The work began on May 4th and after just three working weekends the project was completed!! For homeowner Colleen Nichol, it was a blessing to have a fresh coat of paint on her home of 18 years. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Colleen had been unable to keep up the maintenance of her home and the Brush with Kindness program has given her a renewed spirit of belonging and a sense of pride in her home with its new bright look.

Colleen's home before

Colleen's home before

Colleen's home after

Colleen's home after

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity's new Executive Director, Cindy Kofile said, “We are so very grateful for the help of the volunteers that showed up each weekend. Without their help the project could never have been completed, bringing a ray of sunshine and joy into one of our own neighbor's lives!”. (It is important to restate that the reason it is called Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is that every dollar collected for their projects remains, and services residences, within the Payson area.) A celebratory ribbon cutting will be held at the completed BWK home in the very near future and PAHH will be announcing that under separate cover.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is looking forward to developing their Brush with Kindness program to encompass a three level category application. Level 1 of the BWK program focuses on exterior home repair services such as; exterior painting, fire wise planning, screen repair, weatherization, railing/trim/door repair and access ramp repair.

PAHH asks homeowners to partner with a small donation when possible and to volunteer 8 or more hours of their time to help BWK be a sustainable program.

In addition, PAHH is creating a veterans' preference program which will integrate with the Brush With Kindness projects as well as new construction.

Many people see a group of houses on Longhorn that were built by Payson Area Habitat for Humanity a few years ago and think that these, and the thrift shop known as ReStore, are the only things that PAHH has done. This could not be further from the truth, as demonstrated with the Brush With Kindness program. In addition to the 14 houses on Longhorn, PAHH has built 13 single family residences as standalone projects throughout the community over the past 18 years.
According to Executive Director, Cindy Kofile PAHH has a renewed focus on their affiliate mission, “Promises made, promises kept”.

PAHH has several Level 1 candidates and are accepting additional applications. Please contact PAHH at 928-474-0330.

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